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[Bugs] Google Play system update on Mi A3, not being updated... and not even being able to?

2021-06-06 07:21:12
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Hi, I recently got ahold of a Mi A3 (hand me down),coming from a Mi A2 Lite.
The phone is in pristine condition too and running onethe latest firmware for the EU region. Its bootloader is locked, and I plan tostay that way because it seems to be working as expected and meets myexpectations.
However, even though security updates keep being on point(for example, I recently received may security updates) judging from the text Ican see, there are other kind of security updates that aren’t even being pushedto the device: Google Play system updates.

There’s even a Google article on how to check if you havethe latest Google Play system updates (https://support.google.com/android/answer/7680439?hl=en),but that area is not “tappable” like in my A2 Lite.

My question is: Why not? Why are those updates beingrestricted/not available for A3, while they are for the A2 Lite and many otherphones?

This post (https://www.howtogeek.com/686927/what-are-google-play-system-updates-on-android-and-are-they-important/)would be a good place to know more about those updates, but I’ll quote anexcerpt:

Google Play System Updates were introduced in Android 10 (originally known as Project Mainline). It’s mandatory for all Android 10 or newer devices to include Google Play System Updates. While phone and tablet manufacturers are responsible for delivering security patches, Google sends out the Google Play System Updates.

With Android 10, Google took 12 core components and spun them out as “modules.” Google can now address these modules independently, without sending a full firmware update or involving the phone manufacturer.

Google Play System Updates mainly address security issues, but they aren’t the same as the monthly security patches. Both are responsible for different things. All devices with Android 10 and higher can get a Google Play Security Update, regardless of whether they have the latest security patches.

The A3 had Android 10 and now recently-ish Android 11, still those updates are not available for us. What gives? Who should I talk to about this?

For comparison I'm adding recent screenshots of both phones, the A2 Lite and the A3:


Notice how in the A3 (the one sporting the dark theme) the Google Play system update looks like any other text below, in grey and not white, nothing happens when you tap over it. However, when tapping over it on the A2 Lite this is where you get:


Appart from that, I find it curious that the kernel version and build seems to be based off the same commit even after months go by and the security patches are "updated". There are kernel parts that also require patches and yet the string keeps on being 4.14.180-perf-g302b184... suspicious to me.

Anyway, thanks for reading me, I hope the right people are notified or someone tells me a way to get in touch with the appropriate team.

2021-06-06 07:21:12
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kraklups | from Mi A3

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In my MiA3 the Google Play System Update it's tapable you can click it and check if my device has the latest version
2021-06-10 11:39:39

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kraklups replied at 2021-06-10 05:39:39
In my MiA3 the Google Play System Update it's tapable you can click it and check if my device has the latest version

Oh! Could it be market dependent? Mine was bought in Spain, it's running the European release of the firmware.

If it is, I may think about unlocking its bootloader and switching to a different firmware distribution channel, although ideally it would need to be addressed so all of them are updatable.

May I ask which software release is yours running?
2021-06-10 19:57:41

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kraklups | from Mi A3

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jrmoore
Oh! Could it be market dependent? Mine was bought in Spain, it's running the European release of the firmware.

If it is, I may think about unlocking its bootloader and switching to a different firmware distribution channel, although ideally it would need to be addressed so all of them are updatable.

Mine is EU too... I'm from Spain, so there's something wrong in one of our devices xD
2021-06-12 04:04:07

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kraklups replied at 2021-06-11 22:04:07
Mine is EU too... I'm from Spain, so there's something wrong in one of our devices xD



I factory reset mine just in case, but I'm experiencing the same, I sent a bug report from the phone with logs and all, maybe they could look into it (ID: 510415798).

Just my luck I guess
2021-06-13 21:01:41

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kraklups | from Mi A3

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Don't worry mine can't take screenshots, and from time to time the mic doesn't work recording audios and I need to reboot it, weird issues
2021-06-15 12:12:04
same thing? (disabled) also on the settings - security?
2021-06-19 01:23:23
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